[ per-sep-shuhn ]
/ pərˈsɛp ʃən /
the act or faculty of perceiving, or apprehending by means of the senses or of the mind; cognition; understanding.
immediate or intuitive recognition or appreciation, as of moral, psychological, or aesthetic qualities; insight; intuition; discernment: an artist of rare perception.
the result or product of perceiving, as distinguished from the act of perceiving; percept.
Psychology. a single unified awareness derived from sensory processes while a stimulus is present.
Law. the taking into possession of rents, crops, profits, etc.
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Origin of perception
OTHER WORDS FROM perception
per·cep·tion·al, adjectivenon·per·cep·tion, nounnon·per·cep·tion·al, adjectivere·per·cep·tion, noun
self-per·cep·tion, nounun·per·cep·tion·al, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for perception
This was in keeping with the postwar rehabilitation of Jewish self-perception.
British Dictionary definitions for perception
/ (pəˈsɛpʃən) /
the act or the effect of perceiving
insight or intuition gained by perceiving
the ability or capacity to perceive
way of perceiving; awareness or consciousness; viewadvertising affects the customer's perception of a product
the process by which an organism detects and interprets information from the external world by means of the sensory receptors
law the collection, receipt, or taking into possession of rents, crops, etc
Derived forms of perceptionperceptional, adjective
Word Origin for perception
C15: from Latin perceptiō comprehension; see perceive
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Medical definitions for perception
[ pər-sĕp′shən ]
The process, act, or faculty of perceiving.
Recognition and interpretation of sensory stimuli based chiefly on memory.
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